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Advani marches ahead with twin wins

November 27, 2004 20:21 IST

It was a successful day for the Indians in the IBSF World Snooker Championship in Veldhovan in Holland with all the cueists clinching victories in their respective group league matches.

Pankaj Advani won his back-to-back group B matches against Poland's Jaroslaw Kowalski and Anthony Brabin of Cyprus respectively.

The 19-year-old defending champion trounced Kowalski 4-1 scoring 82-48, 58-21, 55-63, 68-50, 72-22 and Brabin with a 4-2 (72-38, 66-36, 18-64, 22-104, 8-121, 0-98) margin, according to information received on Saturday.

Asian champion Alok Kumar clinched a well-deserving win against Cai Jianzhong of Chianese Taipei with the scores of 70-29, 20-74, 45-67, 72-30, 32-72, 90-0, 73-0 in the best of seven frames match in group B.

While national champion Manan Chandra blanked Patrick Devaik of Mauritius 4-0 in his group B tie, Asian Games gold medallist Rafath Habib got points without any effort after he got a walkover from Kevin Zarakari of Sweden in group G.

In the women's section, Anuja Thakur maintained her victorius run with another exciting 3-0 win against Rosanna Lo-A-Tsong of The Netherlands in Group B while Revanna Uma Devi raised her game to beat Natasha Niermann of Germany in Group D in their best of five frames matches.

Meenal Thakur got the better of Saskia Smits of the Netherland in Group C with a 3-1 (31-58, 57-45, 60-9, 72-70) win.

However, in the inaugural Seniors event, India's B V S Murthy lost 2-3 (77-41, 19-76, 68-41, 53-66, 28-70) to Jyri Virtanen of Finland in a keen contest.

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